Another community outbreak of coronavirus in New Zealand could be devastating for New Zealand Maori and Pacific people including more than 80,000 Cook Islanders, a recently released research paper by Te Punaha Matatini researchers has shown.
New research shows Cook Islanders in New Zealand face greater risk of getting hospitalised for Covid-19.
A study by New Zealand’s Te Punaha Matatini researchers revealed Maori and Pacific people in New Zealand, including 80,000 Cook Islanders, are more than twice as likely to need hospital care for Covid-19.
These latest findings have prompted calls to prioritise the groups for vaccination when it is made available later in the year.
Thomas Wynne, a proud Cook Islander who lives in Wellington and works for the New Zealand Labour Party, concurs with the new research and warns fellow Cook Islanders to avoid buying into conspiracy theories around Maori and Pacific people being used as guinea pigs for the roll out of the vaccinations.
“New Zealand and Cook Islands Maori and our other Pasifika communities in Aotearoa New Zealand are regarded as high priority groups for the vaccine because a great number of them work in essential services and their roles are vital to the country’s Covid-19 response,” Wynne said.
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